The Most Reliable Used Cars for Dealers to Stock

October 5, 2022

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The Most Reliable Used Cars for Dealers to Stock

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The automotive market is hot right now, with demand continuing to outpace supply. When replenishing your stock, it’s important to go in knowing which makes and models are most desirable and well-regarded by consumers. While advanced features can make a car appealing, buyers ultimately want to know that their new vehicle is built to last. Below are three of the most reliable used and sought-after models worth considering stocking on your lot.

3 Reliable Used Cars to Have on Your Lot

1. Honda Civic (2020)

Honda Civics are known for their reliability, safety ratings, and sporty upgrade options—it’s no wonder this car is at the sweet spot of dependable and fast-selling. The Civic received 4.5 out of 5 stars on RepairPal¹ based on low yearly upkeep costs, low frequency of maintenance, and low severity of issues owners experienced. Civics don’t just save money on repairs—they’re also very fuel efficient, with the 2020 model providing 30 miles per gallon (mpg) during city driving and 38 mpg on the highway. Newer models get closer to 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. With rising gas prices, impressive fuel efficiency makes these cars attractive to budget-conscious buyers.

The vehicles themselves are affordable as well. A brand-new 2020 base model starts at $22,500, making it accessible for many buyers. Civics come in a variety of body styles and have a manual or automatic transmission. Any customer looking for a car that highlights affordability, reliability, and safety is sure to be interested in getting behind the wheel of a Civic. 

A grey Honda Civic in an empty dealer parking lot
2020 Honda Civic EX

2. Toyota Camry (2015, 2017)

The Toyota Camry has become synonymous with endurance. Beginning in 2009, this Toyota line has received high-reliability ratings year after year. Some highlight years include the 2011, 2015, and 2017 models. These years received 5 out of 5 stars from Consumer Reports², but they aren’t the only ones. The Camry’s longevity helps protect its resale value, making these model years more attractive to buyers and resellers alike. This has been especially true in the post-pandemic market.

Business Insider shows that the average used price of 2021 Toyota Camrys was $3,200 higher than the MSRP value for 2022 models³. The 2015 model is often noted as striking the perfect balance of affordability, safety, and reliability with a classic look, making it sought after. That said, it’s hardly the only year consumers keep an eye out for—with so many models boasting high-quality ratings and a large number of vehicles sold new each year, stocking your lot with used Camrys is sure to be a winning move.

A silver Toyota Camry in a crowded dealer parking lot
2017 Toyota Camry SE

3. Buick LaCrosse (2011)

This is an older selection, but it demonstrates that luxury finishes don’t have to come with an eye-popping price tag. The 2011 Buick LaCrosse proves that the American automaker still has some tricks up its sleeve thanks to a spacious, elegantly designed cabin, intuitive controls, and wheel power options. The 5-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and 4.5-star consumer rating from Kelley Blue Book⁴ makes this sedan a solid choice for drivers seeking a comfortable, stylish ride that puts their family’s safety first.

The LaCrosse is considered a larger sedan, but it’s no gas guzzler. The standard 2.4-liter engine will get you 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, while the upgraded 3.6-liter V6 will get you 17 mpg city and 27 mpg highway with the front-wheel drive option or 16 mpg city and 26 mpg highway with all-wheel drive.

A maroon Buick LaCrosse in an empty parking lot
2011 Buick LaCrosse

Stock your dealership with Civics, Camrys, and more with ACV 

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  1. Honda Civic Reliability - 2022 Ratings. RepairPal. Retrieved September 17, 2022, from
  2. Toyota Camry. Consumer Reports. Retrieved September 17, 2022, from
  3. Levin, T. 7 Car Models That Are Selling for More Used Than MSRP: Study. Business Insider. Retrieved September 17, 2022, from